Public Schools: New Start in Chicago

No big U.S. city has a school superintendent quite as embattled, aloof and well paid—$48,500 a year* as Chicago's Benjamin C. Willis, 64. An aggressive administrator justly proud of the fact that in 13 years he has added 280 new school buildings to the Chicago system and taken all of its 580,000 students off double sessions for the first time in this century, Willis by his highhandedness has gradually earned the disapproval of most of Chicago. Last week, as Willis' durable defender, the Chicago Tribune, turned against him, the school board named his successor.

Chicago's school problems are immense enough to...

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